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Buffalo State Guide

Comprehensive advice, information for campus success

| Welcome Parents & Families!

| Compact or a Civil & Caring Academic Community

| Connect With Your Student, Parking & Transportation

| Academic Support Services

| Health and Safety

| Parent Involvement, Equity & Diversity

| Housing & Dining

| Student Support Services & Student Affairs

| Important Student Life Policies

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| School Directory, Important Dates

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Welcome Parents

& Families!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your student. Whether this is your first to leave for college, or your last, this will be a unique and interesting year for all of you. We believe that parents and families are our partners in the success of students. We want to give you information and resources to assist in our partnership for your student’s achievement. We encourage you and your student to discover your truths – about college life, academics, involvement, and Buffalo State.

By the time you have completed your orientation, it is our hope that we will have answered all of your questions and responded to all of your concerns. In the event you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at orientat@buffalostate.edu

or (716) 878-5336.


Robert Mead-Colegrove

Director, Orientation & New

Student Programs

Buffalo State College


Compact for a Civil & Caring

Academic Community

A Compact is a set of principles shared by people engaged in a common purpose. At Buffalo State, the Compact for a Civil and Caring Academic

Community describes how those who live, study and work together as members of our college community should treat each other: with civility and respect, with care and concern, and with a commitment to the academic purpose for which Buffalo State College exists.

Buffalo State’s Compact is not a fixed document nor a policy, a rule or a regulation. Rather, it is an understanding about what is right in our community – what behaviors contribute to achieving our mission, vision and core values: t our commitment to the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of students, faculty, and staff; t our desire to be known as a caring academic environment where lives are transformed and each individual is valued; and t our commitment to supportive and collegial relationships, respect for diversity and individual differences and opportunities for individuals to realize their full potential .

The Compact is meant to promote the standards and expectations arising from its premise that Buffalo State is and should be a Civil and Caring

Academic Community. If you commit to the Pledge for a Civil and Caring

Community, members of the faculty and staff will do their part: t We will SUPPORT your student when they need guidance, t We will ENCOURAGE your student to resolve conflicts peacefully, t We will ASSIST your student in times of difficulty and t We will PROTECT your student from those who threaten the health, safety and security of our community.

This is our Compact for a Civil and Caring Academic Community. By working together, we make Buffalo State a safe, secure and challenging place for you to learn and grow. www.universityparent.com/buffalostate 5


Connect With Your Student

In an Emergency:

Visit this buffalostate.edu/offices/police/ safety/default.asp?sub=erp&sec=twp to learn about and sign up for NYAlert, a service that sends emergency messages via text, voice, or e-mail. Students can sign up for the NY Alert emergency notification system through Banner. If you’d like to be added to NY Alert, you must have your student put your information in Banner.

By Mail

If you’d like to mail a package to your resident student:

Student’s Name

Hall & Room No.

Buffalo State College

PO Box ______*

Buffalo, NY 14213 (Use the PO

Box number here too)

Emergency Closing Policy and Procedures buffalostate.edu/offices/police/safety/ default.asp?sub=erp&sec=61

If the decision to close and cancel classes is made before the start of the workday, the Vice President for Finance and

Management will inform University Police.


Undergraduate students receive a Niagara

Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) bus pass each semester. Bus passes may be obtained at the ID Card window in the Butler Library. For information on NFTA routes and schedules, see their website at: www.nfta.com/metro .

*Based on your hall assignment, insert the appropriate PO Box number in your mailing address:

Student Apartment Complex – 5124

Cassety Hall – 5122

Porter – 5120

Perry – 5127

Neumann – 5108

North Wing – 5121

Tower 1 – 5123

Tower 2 – 5118

Tower 3 – 5119

Tower 4 – 5126

Moore Complex - 5125


Parking & Transportation

Parking & Transportation assists students, faculty, and staff with Parking and ticket concerns. This office distributes temporary permits to those coming to campus without a permit on their cars. Only vehicles with special permits authorizing them to park in spaces designated for persons with disabilities are allowed to park in such spaces. All vehicles parked on the grounds of Buffalo State must display valid college parking permits.


Chase Hall 126

(716) 878-3041

Buffalo State College

Academic Support Services

Academic Support Services www.buffalostate.edu/universitycollege/ academicsupport.xml

Academic Standards buffalostate.edu/academicstandards

Twin Rise 100

(716) 878-5222

The Academic Skills Center provides free tutoring and workshops for all

BSC students seeking supplemental instruction in their courses. Our team of professional tutors meets with students one-on-one or in small groups, handling an array of subjects that include business, humanities, languages, math, science, statistics, and writing.

Students can get assistance related to their academic progress and financial aid eligibility from the Academic Standards

Office. Students should be aware that while the office is attempting to help them, we are also upholding the academic integrity of the college by assuring that the degree and financial aid requirements of the college are maintained.

Please note, students must have a completed FERPA release form on file with the Dean of Students Office to allow the Academic Standards Office to discuss their academic record with anyone other than the student.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) buffalostate.edu/offices/eop

South Wing 610 and 710

(716) 878-4225

EOP is an alternative means of acceptance to BSC for students who show ability and motivation despite the effects of economic and academic struggles.

Students who do not meet the college's regular academic admissions standards may instead qualify for admission through EOP. Academic and financial guidelines must be met for acceptance.

Academic Skills Center buffalostate.edu/academicsupport

South Wing 330

(716) 878-4041

Information Commons http://ic.buffalostate.edu/

E. H. Butler Library

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The Information Commons (IC) brings together in one location the technology and expertise necessary to support the information needs of the college community. The IC incorporates essential campus services, library research materials and assistance, computer technology and assistance, and media production services, allowing students to pursue the entire research process from beginning to end in one supportive environment.

Computing Help Desk ic.buffalostate.edu/

Butler 157

(716) 878-4357


Financial Aid Office buffalostate.edu/financialaid buffalostate.edu/scholarship

Moot Hall 230

(716) 878-4902 finaid@buffalostate.edu

The Financial Aid Office administers the federal financial aid programs at

Buffalo State College. We also assist students with acquiring state aid and aid from private organizations. Our staff is available year round to assist families with the application process and questions related to the receipt of their aid.

Student Accounts buffalostate.edu/studentaccounts

Moot Hall 260

(716) 878-4121

The Student Accounts Office is responsible for billing and collection of tuition, fees, room, and meal plan charges each semester. The office is also responsible for the receipt and disbursement of all student financial aid including processing refunds from financial aid awards.


Health and Safety

Several departments at Buffalo State offer services related to health and wellness.

These offices include: Weigel Health Center,

Counseling Center, Violence Intervention and Victim Advocacy (VIVA), and Health

Promotions. Each provides support, information, and workshops to promote and aid in student development and wellbeing. Staff members also collaborate closely and continuously with other oncampus departments such as University

Police, Residence Life, the Fitness Center, and the United Students Government to enhance health and safety on campus.

Weigel Health Center buffalostate.edu/weigel

Weigel Health Center

(716) 878-6711

Student Health Insurance buffalostate.edu/studentaffairs/ documents/StudentHealthInsurance.doc

Health Promotion: (716) 878-

6725 or (716) 878-6711

Weigel Health Center has been granted accreditation through the Accreditation

Association for Ambulatory Health

Care. Weigel Health Center is a health care facility staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and health promotions staff. Medical services, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries, well visits for men and women, immunizations, and educational resources are offered to all registered BSC students.

All full-time domestic undergraduate and graduate students who attend Buffalo

State are eligible and automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance plan unless an online waiver form with proof of health insurance coverage is completed by the applicable deadline. This website explains the health insurance program and provides information about the costs and benefits.

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Parent Involvement


We encourage parents and family members to encourage your student to take advantage of the many campus resources available. It is important that students become involved and connected not only with their peers but also with the Buffalo State faculty and staff, all of whom truly want your student to succeed.

The Dean of Student’s resource site for parents of Buffalo State College students is http://buffalostate.edu/ deanofstudents/parentresources.xml

. On this site you will find links to various campus and off-campus resources that can help you understand what your student is experiencing while attending college. You will also find information that might help you cope with the unique demands of being the parent / family member of a college student.

Equity & Diversity

Equity & Campus Diversity buffalostate.edu/offices/equity

Cleveland Hall 415

(716) 878-6210

The mission of the Equity and Campus

Diversity Office is to ensure that the college community understands and complies with both federal and state laws with the respect to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

While equal employment opportunity is the law, affirmative action and diversity issues require the college not only to provide access to employment and educational programs, but also to provide equitable opportunities to enhance success. The primary goal of the Equity and Campus Diversity

Office is to create a campus climate that is favorable to the development of the human potential of all faculty, staff, administrators, and students.

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Housing & Dining

Dining Services www.dineoncampus.com/bsc

Campbell Student Union Room 223

(716) 878-5214

There are several residential meal plans, including Freedom 19, Balance 14, Block

175, Block 75, Flex Bonus 7, and the

Flex Plus 50 – each offering different meal options for residential students.

Commuter students may purchase

Block 50, Bonus Pack 20, Mini Pack 10,

Bonus Pack 20+, and Bonus Pack 10+.

New this semester is a meal plan designed specifically for the residents of STAC and Moore Complex. Only students living in STAC and Moore

Complex may purchase the Block 30 or any other meal plan of choice.

One Card Office www.dineoncampus.com/bsc

Butler Library Room 108

(716) 878-5152

The Bengal Card Office administers meal plan selections and assists students with managing their meal plans and funds.

Residence Life buffalostate.edu/residencelife

Porter Hall

(716) 878-3000

The Residence Life Office directs all programs and selected operations of residence hall living including staffing, housing assignments, maintenance and custodial services, and student governance/leadership.

Faculty, staff, and students join with Residence Life staff to develop programs promoting self-awareness and appreciation for the diversity among people and their perspectives within the college and community.

Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars are declining balance dollar account that can be used on campus. It functions similarly to a debit or bankcard. Dining Dollars can be used on any retail dining location on campus, and will carry over from the summer to fall to spring semesters.

At the end of the spring semester any unused Dining Dollars will be forfeited. Bengal Bucks is another declining balance dollar account that can be used not only at campus dining locations, but also at the bookstore, the library, in vending machines, performing arts ticket sales, and off campus at select locations. For a full list of off campus vendors please visit www.dineoncampus.com/bsc .

Bengal Bucks roll over semester-tosemester, year-to-year, for as long as the students is at Buffalo State.


Residence Life Policies and Services buffalostate.edu/studentaffairs/ documents/

This website contains the policies and procedures governing residential life at Buffalo State. Each residential student and visitor to the residence halls is expected to have knowledge of and abide by the information contained in these policies.



Student Support Services

& Student Affairs


Student support services offices exist on campus to enhance the collegiate experience of your student. These offices serve to help your student when in need, program activities for your student, and provide your student with unique opportunities to build their resume and strengthen their college experience.

Counseling Center buffalostate.edu/counselingcenter

Weigel 219

(716) 878-4436 counselingcenter@buffalostate.edu

The Counseling Center offers mental health programs and services through licensed and certified professionals

(i.e., Psychologists, Social Workers,

Psychiatrists) and supervised trainees. The Center strives to be a safe and friendly environment for students who are experiencing personal and academic challenges.

The Center has a special concern for the academic success and timely graduation of Buffalo State students.

International Student Affairs buffalostate.edu/ internationalstudentaffairs

Campbell Student Union 400

(716) 878-5331 and help student develop leadership and lifestyle skills. The office serves as the administrative liaison to the

United Student Government (USG) and registers student clubs and organizations. The Student Life area includes Leadership Education, Greek

Affairs, Commuter Affairs, Minority Student

Services, Activities & Programs, and

Campbell Student Union operations.

United Students Government (USG) www.usgbuffstate.org

Campbell 402

(716) 878-6701

The United Students Government (the

USG) of the State University College at

Buffalo (Buffalo State College) represents the interests of the students of the college and encourages their active participation in the campus community.

The USG sponsors activities funded by the mandatory Student Activity fee.

The Office of International Student

Affairs handles academic, social, immigration, financial, health and judicial concerns of international students/scholars at Buffalo State.

Student Life buffalostate.edu/studentlife

Campbell Student Union

(716) 878-4631

The Student Life Office encourages student involvement in a variety of extracurricular experiences, contributes to building the campus community,

Career Development Center

Volunteer and Service-Learning Center buffalostate.edu/offices/cdc

Cleveland Hall 306

(716) 878-5811

Open Mon-Weds, Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm;

Thursday 8:30 am - 6 pm

The Career Development Center (CDC) provides comprehensive career and job search counseling to help students choose a major, plan a career, find internship and employment opportunities and prepare for graduate school. The CDC

Buffalo State College also houses the Volunteer and Service-

Learning Center, where students can find one-time and long-term community volunteer opportunities and can identify service-learning coursework options.

Barnes & Noble Buffalo State Bookstore buffalostate.bncollege.com

Campbell Student Union

(716) 878-5509

Our campus Bookstore carries all required course books, as determined by our instructors. That means we have the correct edition or package that your professor has requested.

Registrar buffalostate.edu/registrar

Moot Hall 210

(716) 878-4811

The Registrar’s Office handles basic course information, Degree Navigator, course registration preparation, academic calendar information, and transcript request forms.

Disability Services buffalostate.edu/disabilityservices

South Wing 120

(716) 878-4500

The Disability Services office supports students with documented disabilities in academic settings, student life, residence halls, and in other areas as needed.

Documentation of disability must be within the past three years for most cases, with a diagnosis, limitations and strengths, and a history of services provided. www.universityparent.com/buffalostate 13


Important Student Life Policies

The section below directs you to the location on the College website where you will find information about important College policies related to student life. The College reserves the right to change any policies, rules or regulations affecting students and any dates reported herein.

Questions about College policies can be addressed to the Dean of Students,

Campbell Student Union, Room 306, telephone (716) 878-4618.


Buffalo State College Code of Student

Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities buffalostate.edu/studentaffairs/x527.xml


course requirements and following academic regulations. The Academic

Misconduct Policy defines the procedures and processes to be used when allegations of plagiarism, cheating or other academic misconduct arise.

The Code defines student rights, freedoms and responsibilities as a member of the Buffalo State campus community and identifies conduct that is not permitted. The intent of the Code is to provide students with a due process review of allegations that the Code has been violated and delineates sanctions when guilt has been determined.

Academic Misconduct Policy buffalostate.edu/academicaffairs/x607.xml

All students are expected to display honesty and integrity in completing

Campus Safety Forum buffalostate.edu/studentaffairs/ documents/CampusSafetyForum.doc

The Campus Safety Forum is the

College’s advisory committee on campus security and reviews current security policies and procedures and makes recommendations for their improvement, especially with regard to preventing and responding to sexual assault.

Buffalo State College

School Directory


Important Dates

School of Arts and Humanities buffalostate.edu/artsandhumanities

Rockwell 222

(716) 878-6326

School of Education buffalostate.edu/schoolofeducation

Caudell 114

(716) 878-4214

School of Natural and Social Sciences buffalostate.edu/naturalandsocialsciences

Classroom A113

(716) 878-6434

School of the Professions buffalostate.edu/schoolofprofessions

Cleveland 214

(716) 878-4698

University College buffalostate.edu/universitycollege

Twin Rise 100

(716) 878-5906


First Year:

August 21-23, 2012


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Student Services

BSC Newman Center

Catholic Campus Ministry

1219 Elmwood Ave.

Buffalo, NY 14222

(716) 882-1080 www.buffalostate.edu/orgs

Faith, Friends & Food! All are welcome.

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Liberty/Yellow Cab

1524 Kenmore Ave.

Buffalo, NY 14216

(716) 877-7111 www.LibertyCab.com

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